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Chris Grayling accepts that clients should have choice over solicitor

The Lord Chancellor Chris Grayling has backtracked over the issue of client choice in criminal legal aid, and accepted that client choice is a crucial element to ensure quality of service.

Save Legal Aid blogs

Blogs written by Save Legal Aid members have been published on websites of our partner charities.

Press coverage of the Save Legal Aid Campaign

The Guardian has published an article highlighting the ongoing campaigns against the proposed changes to criminal legal aid.

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Chris Grayling accepts that clients should have choice over solicitor

The Lord Chancellor Chris Grayling has backtracked over the issue of client choice in criminal legal aid, and accepted that client choice is a crucial element to ensure quality of service.

Save Legal Aid blogs

Blogs written by Save Legal Aid members have been published on websites of our partner charities.

Press coverage of the Save Legal Aid Campaign

The Guardian has published an article highlighting the ongoing campaigns against the proposed changes to criminal legal aid.

People to lose choice over their solicitor in government proposals to bring price competition into criminal legal aid

A new government consultation proposes to introduce price competitive tendering (PCT) for criminal legal aid. The Law Society, which represents solicitors in England and Wales, warned that the changes would undermine the tradition that clients can choose which lawyer represents them in court. This could impact on the quality of representation available in criminal cases.

New government consultation proposes further cuts to civil legal aid

Foreign nationals are to be denied the right to obtain legal aid for civil cases until they have lived in Britain for at least a year, under proposals released by the government last week. The Justice Secretary, Chris Grayling said he hoped the changes would ensure that illegal immigrants, failed asylum seekers and people on tourist or student visas would no longer be able to apply for legal aid for civil cases.

New guide for litigants in person

The Bar have produced a new, comprehensive guide for those who must now represent themselves in court, after the removal of legal aid.

Legal aid cuts come into force

As the legal aid cuts come into force, the media has been focussing on those who will inevitably lose out. The injustice for those facing beenfit cuts with no way to challenge incorrect decisions is exlored here

Legal aid lawyers fear redundancy

Nearly one in three civil legal aid lawyers consider themselves at risk of redundancy, according to a survey on the effect of the legal aid reforms on the profession.

The greatest fear comes from the most senior members of the profession. Read more here.

Prisoners may lose legal aid

Prisoners may lose eligibility for legal aid to bring complaints against the prison system, under new suggestions made by Chris Grayling this week. This would include challenges to categorisation.

More news on how legal aid cuts will affect local communities

LEGAL aid cuts are set to see more than 11,000 people in the North East “denied access to justice” ministers have been warned. Meanwhile, in Blackpool, where there are a high number of family cases, there is concern that the cuts will have a particularly large impact. In addition, in Leigh, there are warnings that the imminent legal aid cuts will hit the most vulnerable.

 

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